Sick of burglaries, international hockey player threatens to return medals

Rajkumari Banra says 'there is no respect for sportspersons'

Ranchi: ‘Jharkhand Ratna’ recipient and former international hockey player Rajkumari Banra fell victim to yet another burglary on Monday. Burglars made away with Rs 50,000 cash and jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh from Banra’s home in the Railway Colony in Ranchi in broad daylight. Banra registered a complaint of house breaking and burglary in Chutia police station.

In the police report, she stated that when she arrived at her house after lunch at 12 noon on Monday, she found one of the windows ajar and her belongings scattered around the house. Theft was confirmed when she entered the house.

Multiple burglaries

Commenting on the incident, Banra said that she had been the victim of multiple home burglaries in the past but the Railways has not done anything to improve security. Fuming, she said that she will return the medals, awards and certificates she has won throughout her international career to DRM Vijay Kumar Gupta.

Hard-earned money gone

She said, “During my hockey career, I brought glory to the country and the Railways. But, the railway authorities have forced me to live in a dilapidated two-room house. Because of this, I have lost my hard-earned money. There is no respect for sportspersons and players in the Railways. The same is happening with my colleagues. And the officials all know about this.”

Banra was an Indian women’s hockey team member between 1988-2006 and played tournaments in the USA, Japan, Australia, Malaysia and South Korea. She was part of the team that won in the Asiad Games in 1994. Banra was awarded the Jharkhand Ratna Award in 2000. She has been working in the Railways since 1992, where she also coaches players.

Hollow assurances

In recent days, five incidents of burglaries were reported in the colony where Banra lives. However, no concrete steps to improve security have been taken so far. Angry railways workers have alleged that the DRM only provides assurance, and does not take any action.

‘It is the job of police’

On the other hand, Avnish Kumar, senior DCM said that incidents of burglaries have increased in railway colonies but the state government and the local police have not provided any help. Railways alone cannot manage the situation.

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